Magnificent LOUIS XV Library Cabinet
Majestic, French LOUIS XV library or salon cabinet veneered in rosewood and adorned with splendid gilded bronze decoration. The body and doors are crafted with multiple mirrored rosewood veneers.
The doors are divided into four glazed segments and framed with gilded bronze decorative strips. The corners of the doors are adorned with small stylized dragons. The original lock and bolt are hand-forged and decorated with splendid gilded bronze fittings.
Both the crown executed in an arched shape and the base are abundantly adorned with gilded bronze elements and decorative strips. The sides of this magnificent library cabinet are divided into two superimposed fields, each executed with quadruple mirrored veneer in their interior and bordered by band inlays.
The center of both side walls is adorned with a large, finely chiseled female mask made of gilded bronze, crowned with a lambrequin tiara. We can find this mask model, among others, on the side walls of a commode by André-Charles Boulle, exhibited at the Louvre Museum.
The interior of the cabinet is divided into four segments with three adjustable shelves.
Furniture of such fine craftsmanship with such magnificent gilded bronze decoration was only made for very stately homes in its time.